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Intarsia knitting

Intarisa Knitting is really quite easy. Usually, your machine will need a special intarsia carriage, although some machines have this built in. Check your manual.

Basically, you need to start a row or two of regular stockinette stitch with your main carriage. Then you would bring your yarn balls down onto the floor below your knitting. Every instance of the color you will be using will need it's own ball of yarn to draw from. Since you won't be using your mast with a tension ring on it, you will need to add some tension to the yarn hanging down under your machine. You can use clothes pins, but you would need to move them continuously so they don't get caught by the carriage and jam. You can buy special weights that wind around the yarn and will slide down as you knit. Or you can get a yarn brake which has many slots to hold the yarn with a tension on it. The balls of yarn tend to cross over each other as you knit getting them tangled, so fairly often, I will get down and untangle them to make it easier to knit my design. When knitting intarsia, you can have as many colors per row as you wish.

The needles are brought out so that the knitting is behind the latches and you will be laying the yarn into the hooks. Always lay the yarn in the direction the intarsia carriage will be going. In the picture below, you can see the purple end hanging down to the ball. The carriage will be going to the right. The blue end is also hanging, but it is the beginning of the yarn and way over on the right hand side is the end hanging down to the ball of yarn. This is the first row of two colors.

When you go up to the next row of knitting, you need to cross the yarns so that a hole does not appear on your garment.

To get rid of all the ends that come about from changing to different colors, you can weave them in and out around your needles as you go so that there is no extra work when you are finished. On the edge, when introducing a new color, weave the end piece over and under the needles on the next row of knitting after you have placed your 'live' yarn.

In the middle of your work, when you are finished with a color, snip it off long enough to weave it over and under the next row of the same color that you were using as it will show on the right side of your garment.

If you weave it over and under a different color as in the picture below.....

It will show on the other side as shown here.....

In this final picture, you can see the bottom, where I wove the end in over the same color, and the top where I wove it in over a different color.

If you have any other questions about intarsia, contact me and I will try to help you. Here's a picture of one of my intarsia jacket sweaters....

 

 

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